Because the Democrats seem to play it any chance they get. The latest example comes from US Senate Majority Leader Harry “Pinky” Reid, who said publicly he couldn’t see any reason why a Hispanic would vote Republican:
Get it? “Without us you campesinos would have nada, so shut up, get back on the hacienda, and vote the way we tell you!”
Harry Reid is one mean-spirited, condescending, arrogant, and petty old man. And those are his good points.
LINKS: See more on Harry Reid’s ethnic pandering and the Left’s contempt for ethnic conservatives. Also Hot Air, which suggests Harry might want to ask Nevada Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval just why a Hispanic might dare be a conservative.
(via Legal Insurrection)
UPDATE: Florida US Senate Republican candidate Marco Rubio* reponds:
*(Psst, Harry! Don’t be alarmed, but Rubio is Cuban-American. You know, “Hispanic.” Just FYI.)
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)
Comment from ST – 12:01 PM ET: This is pretty despicable of Reid, but yet it’s just another example of how Democrats try to bitterly divide this country along class/race/sex, etc lines for shameless political gain. The underlying message here to Hispanics is: You’re a traitor to your fellow Hispanics if you don’t vote Democrat. How often have women heard similarly for years? “How can you possibly be a woman and still vote Republican?” Same same with gay people, Hispanics, black people, etc. These types of not so subtle insinuations can lead to some folks in the various “groups” being too afraid to speak out against Democrat policies for fear of being branded as a traitor.
The underlying message to the GOP, on the other hand, is: “Get ready, conservatives – we’re getting ready to hit you hard with the race card. Just so you know …”
Expect these types of divisive methods of “trying to win” to rapidly increase in use between now and November – and beyond to the bigger election in 2012. I hope like heck that this backfires on the left big time.